Copyright and Creative Commons go hand-in-hand. Creative Commons doesn't replace copyright or work around it. Creative Commons are copyright licenses that makes copyright law work for creators. It has both a simple, human readable part that is easily understand and a legally part that takes a creators desire to share their work and makes it work legally within copyright law.
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"Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. An original work of authorship is a work that is independently created by a human author and possesses at least some minimal degree of creativity. A work is “fixed” when it is captured (either by or under the authority of an author) in a sufficiently permanent medium such that the work can be perceived, reproduced, or communicated for more than a short time. Copyright protection in the United States exists automatically from the moment the original work of authorship is fixed."
Source: Copyright Basics: Circular 1
Source: 17 U.S.C. §§ 107-122
Source: 17 U.S.C. §§ 102
Works created on or after January 1, 1978
Works from 1923 to 1977
Works prior to 1923
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